I created my Magical Butterfly Project in 2007. Each butterfly is original and has unique design and color from my imagination. Inspirations come from my Dance background and passion for music includes Jazz, Blues, Funk, Latin, Afrobeat. Especially influences by Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, Mambo, Salsa, Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz, Big Bands plus flavors of Carnival, Mardigra, Circus and Cabaret. It’s like mixing my artwork on a huge turntable. I design and create pattern of wings influence by music. For example, rhythm, melody, syncopation, swing, beginning and ending like jazz. And just like when you listen many different kind of instrumental. Like a song and a performance, I create a story in my art work. I would say story of life. I would be happy if viewers could feel the rhythm and beat of flying butterflies, and passion, beauty and power of sprit of butterflies which has very short life.
Yuko was born in Tochigi, Japan.
She has received numerous awards including those from National Sculpture Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Art Kudos International Competition, and many awards from National Academy. She was featured in publications NY Arts magazine, Art Calendar magazine, Blackan, Sculpture Community, and many others in Japan. She had a solo exhibition at Tribal Spears Gallery of NYC in Spring 2008.